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before the terrorist attack in benghazi on september 11th that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. congressman jason chaffetz chairs the house subcommittee on national security and has returned from a fact-finding mission in benghazi. thank you, congressman, very good to see you. first, i wanted to share something with you because governor romney just at a campaign appearance in iowa shared a story of having met one of the navy s.e.a.l.s., since he refers to it to him as a massachusetts resident, massachusetts native, we think that he's talking about glen doherty, let me play them. >> one of them was a guy from my home state of massachusetts and relatively young guy compared to me and he was a former navy s.e.a.l. living in san diego and learned about him, talked about his life, he skied a lot, in some of the places i had and we had a lot of things in common, he told me that he keeps going back to the middle east, he cares very deeply about the people there. he served in the military there. went back from time to time to offer security services and so for
by additional security? we're hearing there were concerns by some of those who were a part of ambassador stevens' immediate group talking about issues that they had. there's also been just moments ago, some discussion about whether some of the information being presented is classified or not. so there are lots of political overtones to this. very complicated because there are lives that were lost here. there was service to the country from these fine americans who were there and who were killed and so everyone is trying to trade a bit lightly on that. but there is a lot of politics mixed into this along with the committee's responsibility in oversight to look for answers. there was frustration among some republicans that the state department put out a detailed timeline but not included members of the committee. frustration among democrats who say that one of the members jason chav fitz went to libya but no democrats involved on that trip. there are complex ish shis and don't expect to have all of the issues. they want to shine a light on things, worries among those closest to ambassador stevens
of this because he knew and respected chris stevens and is really focused on protecting all of our diplomats who are serving abroad. >> mitt romney has had twice as many town hall meetings -- at least twice as many -- in recent months as the president has. the president hasn't had many news conferences at all. do you think that you let him get a little rusty? >> the president's pretty good on his feet. i've been working for him for a long time, and i can tell you that much. we feel better about how his policies will help the american people, so that's an advantage. but you're right, mitt romney's a good salesman. he knows what to say that people want to hear. he did that during his time at bain, he did that during the 100 town halls i believe he's done over the past year or so. you know, we expect that he's going to try to hide from his record, and we're ready to combat that. >> jen psaki, the president isn't the only one who's a good salesman or saleswoman. thank you very much. traveling press secretary. >> thank you, andrea. have a good day. >> see you in hofstra. >>> we'll hear from bob mcdon
know that president understands the seriousness of losing four americans including chris stevens who he knew personally very well? >> andrea, i'm not focused as much on the exchange with jon stewart as i am about the -- i think disingenuous answer that the president gave at the debate. you know, the senate gets the top secret briefings and even after the press was putting the timelines together and it was really well known that this was not some spontaneous uprising, it was a planned attack, it was in every media, yet in our briefings to congress, that we were getting from the cia officials and the state department officials, was saying the same thing that the president was trying to put over as the reason this video. and i think that's the most troubling part of this. that it was more let's not go there, we don't want to have this be a political issue, rather than this is a terrorist attack and i'm going to stand up for america. >> well, there was the briefing from -- to the senate in open session from matthew olson, the counterterrorism official who said it was terror attack and the p
chris stevens' body was or whether he was alive -- it's forgotten because of the overarching problem with the administration pointing fingers in all directions. the testimony on capitol hill was that there was real-time video and real-time reporting back to washington as the assault was taking place. at that moment they knew there was no protest, there was an invasion. >> right. >> and at the same time the initial intelligence say assessment that went to susan rice and sat down with you on "meet the press," what everybody is referring to, that intelligence assessment is what people say and hillary clinton again today said rice was operating off of. >> right. i mean this is the problem. so you know, where did this line of communication get so bad? why did it take so long? let's also remember jay carney said it was self-evident it was terrorism but he said that, you know, more than a week later. i just think this is confusing. as a policy matter a lot of sort of accountability for this. still the question of where does it go. you know, what are we doing right now to investigate and tra
they do in advance. having worked with chris stevens, he was always on the cutting edge, wanting to be able to do more and not wanting to be restricted in terms of what he could do. calls were made. obviously in the after math it looks like the approach of security should have been different. it's easier to say after than before the fact. >> it's hard to say this about someone who tragically lost his life but some say because he was so beloved in benghazi that he department pay enough attention to the militias and al qaeda elements. >> i think he paid attention to everything but put them in perspective. what he felt was if you look at the reality of benghazi, the bulk of the population was pro american. i think he may have placed more faith and others placed faith in the militias that were supportive of the united states than those that were against. >> dennis, if i didn't say so, you are one of our foreign policy analysts here. we are happy to have you here. >> thank uh you. >> countdown to november. how much can change in 29 days? the strategy session next. i have a cold, and i
, the mission was in benghazi, we understand that chris stevens wanted to be there, had a connection to benghazi, had been there during the war. but was he adequately secured and what about the nurfailures intelligence. >> they knew libya was not going to calm down overnight and have multiparty elections and a normal place overnight. they had to look at the tactical issues there and it seemed there were a lot of problems with militias running around not integrated into any police force let alone the national army. there were issues they needed to look at. on the other hand you're trying to manage that risk with the need to get out, talk to the libyan people, make sure they understand that we care, that we didn't just lose interest once gadhafi left the scene. i think it is -- it was very important to get out there, but, you know, i think the accountability review board is going to look at that very crucial question how well did they manage the risk? you cannot eliminate the risk. this is what diplomats do. we are out there, many of these circumstances, so i think it was the right thing to be out
seconds before he interrupted me. >> and ready to rumble, steven colbert helps train jon stewart for his weekend showdown with bill o'reilly, that is if he doesn't chicken out first. >> jon, you're in worst shape than i thought. i'm going to have to take this to another level. full immersion. guenther, fetch me chucker carlson. thank you. >> so, after i use the chicken to wash your car. >> yes. >> am i ready? >> no. not even close, because to defeat bill o'reilly you must first catch the bird, wax my car with the bird and absorb its soul, the bird to defeat bill o'reilly you must make the bird into a chick-fil-a fillet sandwich. >> no. that is completely absurd! do you want to win? >> i do want to win. >> let the training begin. >> all right! ah -- >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in denver where mitt romney took the fight to president obama in wednesday's debate. last night it was the president who often seemed remote and disengaged. joining me now on the phone from the president's speech that he's just had in denver is chuck todd, of course, traveling with the president. chuck, wh
in the republican party are going to play politics with this issue, i think is startling. ambassador stevens' own father said this shouldn't be a political issue. we should figure out what's going on. this president and administration have passed on the information that they've had when they've had it to the american people. it's not been deceptive, it's not been misleading in any way, shape, or form. >> let's talk about tonight and the debate. this is a town hall format as you know very well. you helped prepare barack obama for that format four years ago. what is the bigger challenge now tonight given his weak acknowledged weak performance in denver, how does he get aggressive enough to tackle mitt romney and, you know, show his forcefulness, show his leadership qualities and show exactly how he would lead the country at the same time as dealing directly with the concerns of the people in front of him? >> i think some of what chris said is absolutely true. you've got undecided voters asking you questions not as a journalistic moderator but somebody living that cause and concern. i think first an
committee and joins me now. so security, we have seen the cables now from ambassador stevens saying on august 8th in a cable called guns of august, how bad security was, asking for more bodyguards. september 10th, again, warning about security. the next day, of course, the fatal attack. security failures and intelligence analysis, a failure of analysis afterwards? >> i'm not sure you can equate the two. i think on the security side, at least from the state department's perspective, certainly didn't analyze the threat correctly. if they went ahead and denied extra coverage and think about it, lots of threat streams going into 9/11 this year from al qaeda in the magrab, we had al sharia, a growing group who said they wanted to be successful on a western target. all of that including, by the way, not one but two strikes on that consulate in months prior to it should have led even the newest intelligence analyst for the state department to come to the conclusion hey, listen, this is a dangerous place, the ambassador doesn't feel comfortable, we need more security for them. you're not go
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